These 12 Rare Photos Show Minnesota’s Mining History Like Never Before

From long before official statehood in 1858 and up to the present day, Minnesota has a rich history. Our state is shaped by many different people and events – from the Native American peoples who first inhabited the land, to the first arrival of French fur traders in the 1600s, to the latest presidential election.

And in addition to people and events, Minnesota has also been shaped by industry. Milling along the Mississippi River played an enormous role in the early history of Minneapolis, just as Minnesota’s 17 Fortune 500 companies play their part today. And up north, Minnesota’s mining left its mark on the Arrowhead region. These 12 rare photos of Minnesota’s mining history will give you a glimpse of life on the Iron Range.

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These photos are a small glimpse of what life was like in the early days of Minnesota’s mining industry, but did you know mining still continues on the Iron Range to this day? Check out this article about an enormous working mine in Minnesota that you can still visit today.